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3 things to keep in mind when selecting an access control system.

What you need to know when selecting a new access control system.

In a previous post, we talked about how access control systems protect your facility and keep your operations running smoothly. In order for an access control system to accomplish both of these tasks, it must be optimized for your facility and your situation.

Unfortunately, selecting the ideal access control system can be a bit tricky—even if you’ve done it before.

But there’s no need to fear, because we’re here to help!

Below are the top three things you should keep in mind when selecting a new access control system for your facility:

1. Number of employees.

How many employees do you have cycling through your facility every day?

This is an important number to keep in mind when selecting an access control system because the more employees you have, the bigger and more robust your access control system must be.

If you only have a handful of employees in a small facility, your ideal access control system will be much lighter and simpler than a facility with hundreds of employees who are coming and going at all hours of the day.

2. Company growth expectations.

How quickly is your company growing and how much do you expect it to grow in the future?

When selecting an access control system for your facility, it’s vital that you have a projection for your company (more specifically, your employee) growth. Like all security systems, access control systems require a capital investment. And if you neglect to consider your growth expectations when selecting an access control system, you may find yourself having to purchase and install a new one on a frequent basis.

Luckily, advancements in access control technology have led to dynamic systems that can be expanded as your business grows. However, before you decide to invest the time and money in one of these systems, it’s best to speak with an access control professional as there may be other options that are more cost effective and better suited to your needs.

3. Integration capabilities.

Will your current security and camera systems integrate with the access control system you’re considering?

You’ve got a facility to run, operations to oversee, and fires to extinguish. The last thing you want is to have an access control system that doesn’t jive with the rest of your infrastructure and processes (that’s just asking for trouble).

Save yourself time and headache by only looking at access control systems that will seamlessly integrate with your existing equipment and operations.

Conclusion.

Selecting an access control system for your facility can be a difficult process. Keep these three things in mind and you’ll be well on your way to selecting an access control system that will support your current and future needs.

Don’t get stuck with a sub-par access control system! Click the button below to have one of our access control specialists come to your facility, assess your current system, and help you find a new system that fits your needs:

 

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How an access control system can improve your facility’s operational flow.

Can access control systems actually make you more efficient?

Access control systems help protect your facility’s assets and mitigate the risk of insider threats.

That’s a well-known fact.

However, did you know that access control systems can also improve your facility’s operational flow?

It’s true. Contrary to popular belief, a properly installed and maintained access control system can actually increase the efficiency of your organization.

Here’s how:

Access control systems reduce redundancies and waste.

Our guess is that your facility houses sensitive and/or proprietary assets of some sort. And chances are, you don’t want every employee (or customer) in your building to have access to those assets.

So, what do you do?

Well, you could install a deadlock on every door that needs protecting and only issue keys to certain people.

Though this simple system may work for smaller operations, it is not feasible for facilities with numerous employees, intricate office layouts, and multiple clearance levels.

Think about it: If every employee has to have a key to get into the building, a different key to enter the corridor where their office is located, another key to unlock their office, and other keys to access certain rooms, it wastes time and halts your operational flow as employees need to fumble around to find the correct key for the door they’re trying to open (they also need to remember to lock the doors or the whole system would be all for not).

The lock-and-key system also causes problems when employees’ clearance levels are increased/decreased as you need to create/collect keys to ensure that they can properly do their jobs and that your risks are properly mitigated.

An electronic access control system abolishes both of these problems.

First, employees are issued one key card (or PIN) that allows them to access any room/area for which they have clearance, eliminating the need for multiple keys and locks, and improving overall flow.

Second, access levels within an electronic system can be changed instantly, which means there’s no delay when an employee’s clearance level changes—all you have to do is update the system to allow/deny control to the current key card/PIN.

Access control systems help you mitigate and respond to risks.

When improper people get access to certain rooms or information, it can cause a cornucopia of problems that can be costly and time consuming to fix.

Organizations who use a traditional lock-and-key situation are exposed to risks that can be difficult to prevent and eliminate. For instance if an employee copies or loses a key and it falls into the wrong hands, the only practical way to mitigate the damage is to change the locks on all of the doors that were exposed and issue new keys.

With an electronic access control system, if a threat arises you can immediately isolate it and eliminate it. If a key card/PIN falls into the wrong hands, it can be shut down and made completely useless—no need to change the locks or stress over who might have the key card/PIN—saving you time and money.

Conclusion.

As you can see, access control systems can do more than provide protection. When implemented correctly, they can improve the flow of your operations and ease your mind.

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3 Ways you can get more out of your access control system.

Getting the most out of your access control system.

Access control systems are used to manage access to tangible and intangible assets. In its most simple form, an access control system is comprised of a gate and a gatekeeper. The gate creates a secure barrier between its contents and the outside world, while the gatekeeper checks the credentials of anyone looking to go through the gate. Those with proper authorization get to enter—everyone else is turned away.

Though access control systems have come a long way since the gate-gatekeeper systems of old, most businesses still view their access control systems as primitive—only useful for metering the flow of people and information. The truth is, modern access control systems are capable of much more than simply letting people into or out of a building. In this blog post, we will highlight three ways you can get more out of your access control system.

Tip 1: Recording time.

Your employees are humans. Humans make mistakes. In the world of business, one common mistake employees make is clocking in and out. Though this forgetfulness is not the end of the world, it can cause headaches for supervisors, managers, and HR personnel alike. Thankfully, most modern access control systems can help mitigate this problem.

Most modern access control systems collect time stamp data—when someone scans their access card to enter a building, the system records the date, time, and card information (i.e. the card identification number, employee name, etc.). If you have a secure facility where employees are required to scan into and/or out of buildings or departments, the data collected from your access control system can help solve timecard problems.

Tip 2: Database integration.

The panel that you use to scan into your facility every day may not seem like an exquisite piece of technology, but the truth is that modern access control systems are quite sophisticated. Most modern access control systems not only capture a treasure-trove of data, they also have software that enables them to integrate with other programs.

This integration capability is specifically important when it comes to HR. When properly integrated with an HR system, employee credentials can be updated from one central location. When employees are promoted, their authorization can be easily extended. When employees are dismissed, their authorization can be revoked or restricted. With the integration capabilities of modern access control systems, this can all be done from the HR team’s preferred program—there’s no need to log into multiple systems to make a simple update.

Tip 3: Arming / disarming alarm systems.

Though the ability to keep time and integrate with other software is nice, the reason you invested the money in an access control system was to protect your business and your employees. Chances are high that if you were willing to invest money in a state-of-the-art access control system, you were also willing to spring for some kind of alarm system. At first, these two systems may seem incompatible—after all, you use your card to scan in and then type a code to disable the alarm system. However, most modern access control systems and alarm systems can be securely integrated. This means you can program your access card to disable the alarm system, saving you time and hassle. Understanding specific security requirements, some institutions have implemented swipe plus PIN to ensure an even higher level of security.

Conclusion

Yes, the primary function of your access control system is to manage access to tangible and intangible assets. However, modern access control systems are capable of so much more. We hope this blog post helped you discover more ways your access control system can be used to save you money and improve your company’s efficiency.

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